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Dancing with the Devil [Paperback]

Keri Arthur
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March 2001
Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there's nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her.

Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life's shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy's deadly trap?

Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

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"A romantic detective vampire tale that will send fans of all three genres comparing her to Huff and Hamilton." -- Harriet Klausner, The Midwest Book Review

"The first in a debut series, this fabulous vampire romance will have readers begging for more! A definite collector's book!" -- Award-winning, best-selling author, Carin Rafferty

About the Author

I started writing when I was about twelve. I’d just finished reading one of Elaine Mitchell’s Brumby books, and hated the fact she killed off my favorite character--so I rewrote the book and changed the ending. I haven’t stopped writing since, though it’s only in the last few years I’ve seriously thought about getting published.In 1997, I placed second in the Washington Romance Writers Novel Beginnings contest (specialty romance) with Heart of the Hunter. In 2000, I was short-listed in the Random House George Turner Prize with Spook Squad (urban fantasy). Dancing with the Devil is my first published book.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I’m a dessert and function cook by trade. I’m married to a wonderful man who not only supports my writing, but who does all the housework as well. We have one daughter, one dog and a garden full of weeds. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found parked in front of the TV watching re-runs of the X-Files or Buffy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving vampire tale Oct. 13 2002
By Moe811
Nikki James is a private investigator with psychic powers. She is trying to track down the daughter of a powerful man. That daughter is in the power of a vampire. Michael Kelly is tracing that vampire Jasper, who is the killer of his brother. Michael is also a vampire and he is drawn to Nikki. Nikki is not the most trusting person in the world and can you really trust a vampire?
This was a very fast moving story, no down time at all. The characters are vivid and the story line twists and turns more than enough to keep it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Paranormal Romance to fall in love with! Aug. 24 2002
Keri Arthur's Dancing with The Devil is a story about the supernatural, and not just vampires. It's intense, real--well sort of <grin>, and so believable I was scared, fascinated and definitely enthralled.
Nikki James, a private investigator, is on a new case. A rich and troubled teenager needs to be followed and rescued. But evil is waiting! The unlikely protector comes in the shape of Michael Kelly. Michael is a hunter and a vampire... Sounds good? You bet!
Dancing With The Devil is scary as hell, not for its gory details but for the extremely passionate and very often threatening atmosphere so aptly created by Keri Arthur. I was kept on my toes with fear and was intrigued by how willing I was to accept the characters supernatural abilities as given and normal.
I felt completely and utterly mesmerized by the story and its author's voice and I can "only" highly recommend it! I fell in love, cried, laughed, and I ended up heaving a big sigh of longing for its happy ending. Thank you Keri Arthur for reintroducing me to the vampire novel genre.
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This book started out strong - interesting main character, fast paced beginning, plenty of foreshadowing of things to come and mysteries of the past to unravel.
Unfortunately the past wasn't the only thing to unravel.
The main character, Nicki, is a strong heroine with unique psychic talents and a strong sense of self.
Michael, the vampire hero, was interesting at first but soon became ineffectual to the story and to Nicki.
Even with his knowledge of his enemy (he's been chasing him for years) & his own vampiric powers he never seemed to be much of a challenge for Jasper (the evil vampire). He was constantly in the wrong place and never seemed to be much help in the tough situations.
Also, the romance seemed lackluster and forced. Attraction but no major sparkage.
There is no comparing this book to those written by Huff and Hamilton - where they constantly have/leave you wanting more I was hard pressed to finish this story (something that doesn't happen very often).
To be fair, I also found several publishing mistakes in the book that detracted from the story. (i.e. a character pours two cups of coffee than two sentences later pours two cups of coffee.)
I usually don't nitpick on publishing errors but some of these were just to big to ignore. Between the writer, publisher, copy editor, etc. you'd think someone would have caught the more telling mistakes.
My final take is: I might read the sequel, or I might not - which isn't a very high recommendation in my book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book Jan. 20 2002
By Thea
Nikki James is a private investigator hired to find a missing teenager. She finds the girl, and with her an evil force that threatens to overtake her mind, sanity, free will and make her a slave to an evil master. Will Nikki have the strength to battle her private, inner demons and still have the power to defeat the one that's breathing down her neck?
Michael Kelly is a vampire who is on the hunt for one of his own kind. Michael plans on using Nikki and her psychic powers as bait to lure the evil vampire to his death, instead he soon finds himself trying to protect and comfort her. He's already damned to eternal life; losing Nikki will damn him to eternal hell.
Ms. Arthur creates well-drawn out characters. Nikki is a strong and independent heroine who refuses to be told what to do. She struggles with the choices she's making, and the choices she's made in the past. She's afraid to care too much, afraid to love.
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is a fast paced suspense, where a touch of romance, loads of psychic abilities, a few vampires and zombies will have the paranormal reader sitting up and asking for more. Isn't it nice that the author has already started HEARTS IN DARKNESS (12/01), which is the sequel to this book? <G>
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Supernatural Ride!! July 3 2001
First of all, I LOVED this book. I bought it on a whim and I am soooooooooo glad that I did.
Nikki James is a private investigator who possesses physic ability. She believes that there is nothing in this world that would shock her. She has seen it all or so she believes . . .
One night, she trails a young girl into a mansion whose history is steeped in evil. She senses the menace hoovering in the dark shadows. The evil waiting to be unleashed. She has no conceivable idea of what is waiting in the deep shadows.
Nikki becomes a pawn caught between two different vampires. Jasper is supremely evil possessing a madness that threatens her own sanity. Michael has tracked his long time enemy to Lyndhurst, determined to destroy him yet Nikki isn't sure if he is on the side of the angels. Can she trust him?
The deadly cat and mouse game between Jasper and Michael was incredible and kept me on the edge of my seat. Both are trying to outwit the other. The scenes were so realistic, I was drawn into their world. Not too mention all of the other supernatural creatures that wait in the shadows!
This story wasn't so much of a lovestory. Oh, there was romance between Nikki and Michael but it didn't overtake the story. Both of them have secrets they are keeping from each other. Both are afraid to love . . .
From the start of page one until the very end, the action was non stop and intense. I could not put this book down. What a supernatural ride!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I loved this book, it is about a psychic private detective and her trek through the dangerous vampire filled streets of Lyndhurst. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Vampire Angel
1.0 out of 5 stars Jenni
I am an avid reader, often 2 to 3 books per week and this book was less than entertaining. I stuck with it because I kept hoping it would get better. Romance, what romance? Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by J. C. stickler
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
1st book in a series. Great book, lots of action, vamps, zombies, psychic powers, attraction between PI Nikki and vampire Michael. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by MizMode
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting vampire romance
I enjoyed this book & liked the special abilities of the heroine, Nikki & found Michael's character to be darkly intriguing. I am looking forward to the sequel. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001 by B. Engum
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book was great. I did not want the story to end. Deffinitely recommended. It is a keeper. This author is on my favorites list. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Exciting reading!
This first book in the series is GREAT! If you like the Anita Blake Vampire books you will like this author. Read more
Published on July 7 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
It seems I've been looking for too long for a book that's going to keep my interest from beginning to end, but this book did it. Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by Gabrielle Luthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept the pages turning.
Where I do not think Dancing with the Devil can be put on the same shelf as Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff's Blood series, it was still very good. Read more
Published on April 19 2001
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